Metal-wielding man shot multiple times by officers dies

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SEATTLE —

olice said a man who was shot by officers in North Seattle multiple times after he threatened them with a large piece of metal has died.

Investigators said dispatchers received a 911 call Tuesday night about a man who had taken his father hostage and was holding a knife to his throat at a duplex on Fourth Avenue Northwest and 100th Street near Carkeek Park.

When police arrived, both the father and son came outside, and the son ran from officers.

Officers used a stun gun to try to subdue 21-year-old Jack Sun Keewatinawin, but it was unsuccessful.

Police said Keewatinawin hid behind a car and then came out and threatened officers.

“He came out with a very large piece of metal which he raised above his head toward the officers.  At that point, officers were forced to fire their duty weapons,” said Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson.

Neighbor Alexandra Brubaker said she heard several gunshots while she was in the shower.

“So I ran out, and there's my neighbor lying on my front lawn.  (He was) all bloody and like begging for help,” said Brubaker.

Neighbors said they heard as many as eight gunshots and wondered if that many shots were necessary.

Neighbors also  said Keewatinawin may have been mentally ill.

“He’s mentally ill, so I think it’s kind of wrong, but I guess he was holding his dad hostage, so…,” said Brubaker.

Keewatinawin was transported to Harborview Medical Center and later died from his injuries.